Der kampf zwischen kapital und arbeit; versuch einer systematischen darstellung, mit besonderer berücksichtigung der gegenwärtigen deutschen verhältnisse
October 29, 2012
The struggle between capital and labor - How it harms labor and economy
The book is a classic to unionism and collective bargaining and the micro- - and macro-economic effects of labor disputes to the wealth of nations. It deals with the fatal conceit of union members, that simply the rise of their wages would improve their standard of living.
Weber calls the labor dispute a “self-destruction battle”.
"The outer 'success' of the labor dispute (the rise of wages) cannot disguise that the outcome of this dispute is an increase in product prices, a paralyzing of capitalization and the failure to feed the growing population with what they need and what is necessary to meet the ever-growing claims the standard of living.
Much worse is that the battle mood more and more helps people to fail to recognize that in the long run the people get ahead not by holding back, but by operation of the labor force that the material elevation of the masses, much less by a change in the distribution, than by progress is expected in production. The consequences of the continuing struggles are price shifts, changes in production, value destruction, decrease the intensity of labor, decline of entrepreneurs … "
Today's language of today's collective bargaining and today’s labor disputes cannot be understood out of itself but only from the Marxist illusions of the historical “workers' movement”. The book shows how union leaders argue to maintain the illusions that are necessary to believe in the “success” and “benefit” of union organized action.
This book is the first of six editions, the last of which having been published in 1954.
Adolf Weber (1876-1963) was 1921-1948 Associate Professor of Economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.